"YUKLA", the call sign for all 962nd AACS flights, is from an Alaskan dialect meaning "EAGLE".

YUKLA27 was the call sign of the U.S. Air Force E-3 (AWACS) aircraft that crashed September 22, 1995, at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. Twenty-Four aircrew perished in that crash. The crash occurred on takeoff and was the result of a collision with geese, the geese being ingested into two of the engines.

The following year a memorial to the crew of Yukla27 was dedicated at Elmendorf AFB, AK. The centerpiece is a large model of an E-3B/C. Click here to view some photos of the memorial taken in 2003 by Jim Lawler.


View a digital version of the Memorial Service Pamphlet that was originally displayed on the Elmendorf AFB, AK Web Site in October of 1995.

View a scanned image of the crew photos that was carried in the Air Force Times shortly after the crash.

Visit the Yukla27.Org web site established by Michael Long, the father of Captain "Cowboy" Long a member of Yukla27's crew.
See the commemoritive display presented to the 962nd AACS by the Airborne Early Warning Association

Other Yukla27 Links:
TSgt Mark Smithers
University of Colorado
962 AACS
USAFA Class of 1990


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